Why did Paul call the high priest a whitewashed wall?


He was judging Paul by the very law he had just violated

Acts 23 :

(1)Paul looked straight at the Sanhedrin and said, “My brothers, I have fulfilled my duty to God in all good conscience to this day.” (2) At this the high priest Ananias ordered those standing near Paul to strike him on the mouth. (3) Then Paul said to him, “God will strike you, you whitewashed wall! You sit there to judge me according to the law, yet you yourself violate the law by commanding that I be struck!”

(4) Those who were standing near Paul said, “How dare you insult God’s high priest!”
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